How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Candy R. Your Own Question
Candy R.
Candy R., Veterinary Technician
Category: Cat
Satisfied Customers: 11619
Experience:  Practicing Veterinary Technician for 26 years.Former Veterinary Practice Owner, Technician Trainer
Type Your Cat Question Here...
Candy R. is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My kitten has a hole in her neck, and it is black inside.

Customer Question

My kitten has a hole in her neck, and it is black inside. The hole is getting larger. Puse is coming out just alitlle. My husband said that flies have laid eggs in her neck. Can yo answer my question please. What can I do for it
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Candy R. replied 7 years ago.

Hello and Thank You for contacting JustAnswer
I am sorry to hear your baby is having trouble.


Its possible what you are seeing is a embedded larva of the Cuterebra fly.

Cats can acquire cuterebra larva after curious investigations of a rodent or rabbit or their dens when outside


Most cuterebra larvae are found on the head and neck of cats. Sometimes, the larvae migrate abnormally and end up traveling through the brain. This can result in fatal brain and nervous system abnormalities, such as seizures.


If this is the case attempting to remove this can cause serious side effects, It is highly recommended to have this removed at your vets office. If the larval body is ruptured during the extraction process, the cat can develop serious complications such as severe allergic reactions For this reason, the breathing hole is typically enlarged and the larva are safely removed with a forceps or hemostat, and the area is flushed and cleaned with disinfectant. Antibiotics may also be needed

You can read more about this problem here



This could also be an abscess caused by a scratch or bite of another cat.

Read more here


I would suggest having him seen as soon as possible by your vet.


I hope this has been helpful,please reply back if you have additional questions or concerns





Edited by CandyR on 7/28/2010 at 8:24 PM EST